The Look of Love Reviews

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Sam Adams
AV Club
July 4, 2013
Not only is Coogan not pushing himself, he often seems barely engaged, playing Raymond as a man of less than life size.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
July 3, 2013
A curiously uninvolving affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
July 3, 2013
While stylishly capturing the verve, exotica, and free-spirited mojo of swinging '60s London, uber-prolific English director Michael Winterbottom's portrait of legendary U.K. smut impresario Paul Raymond is otherwise a shallow misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
July 3, 2013
With its softened edges, bland aftertaste, and watered-down distillation of Raymond's life and career, Michael Winterbottom's film represents the house champagne of biographical cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 3, 2013
Ultimately more compelling as a long, colorful look at Swinging London in the 1960s than as autobiographical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 2, 2013
Coogan's portrayal is heartfelt, but The Look of Love rarely exploits its star's comedic dexterity.
Chris Barsanti
Film Racket
July 2, 2013
in tackling a fascinating character like Raymond, Coogan may have just turned him into another Steve Coogan character
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 2, 2013
Zippy and saturated with soft-core nudity, The Look of Love isn't hard to watch ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
July 2, 2013
The Look of Love stays on the surface, and since decadence no longer shocks or even titillates, that surface has lost its luster.
Matt Glasby
Flicks.co.nz
June 30, 2013
Raymond is an unrepentant, if awkward, ladies' man, and Coogan plays him to foot-in-mouth perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 28, 2013
In this light-hearted period biopic, a cool Steve Coogan brings a cheeky urbane swagger to his portrayal of Paul Raymond, the adult-entertainment entrepreneur who brought nude live shows and softcore pornography to the masses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
June 27, 2013
Winterbottom and Coogan redefined the modern biopic with 24 Hour Party People. Here, they try and squeeze themselves into an old-fashioned one, awkwardly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
June 23, 2013
Far from the swinging '60s or sleazy '70s so often portrayed with glee on screen, the London of Paul Raymond's world feels grim, dark and, ultimately, devoid of passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
June 22, 2013
Biographies are of great interest if they illuminate their subject and reveal layers, complexities, contradictions and weaknesses in a coherent story. This one is not quite all that
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
June 22, 2013
As the self-obsessed Raymond, Steve Coogan is perfectly cast, brazenly indulging in his every sexual fantasy
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
June 7, 2013
Though this might be the least of their four creative collaborations... The Look of Love provides the same unique pleasure exclusive to their pairings: an opportunity for the oft-misused Coogan to shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
May 31, 2013
The film begins after Debbie's death, with Raymond watching a documentary about her life. No sooner has this started than the action switches to a second documentary. Even Citizen Kane only needed one documentary-within-the-film, for goodness sake.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 3, 2013
This fascinating story is told with vivid style, a terrific use of actual settings and a strong cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
April 30, 2013
The film tells this story with gaudy brio, but the tone is wildly uneven, veering between Swinging 60s romp, nudge-wink satire and cautionary fable, as if Winterbottom and Greenhalgh couldn't decide what film they were making or who Raymond really was.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
April 29, 2013
The unedifying spectacle is cut with sadness.
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